Monday, Nov. 7, 2011 | 9:12 a.m.
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Las Vegas nightlife queen Tiffany Masters is throwing the world’s largest wedding reception on Friday to mark the extraordinary calendar date 11/11/11, but it won’t be celebrating her marriage. Tiffany is throwing the unique nightclub party at the Tropicana for the couples who are headed here for their nuptials, then have nowhere to go after saying, “I do.”
She explained: “All the research tells us that there will be some 75,000 weddings on Friday across America. Over 4 percent will be in Las Vegas! The Vegas wedding chapels are expecting up to 3,500 weddings. Every wedding chapel in town is sold out. One Elvis Presley minister has 160 ceremonies booked alone at an average of 2 min 40 sec from dawn to dusk and right up to midnight.
“If a love-struck couple arrive here and don’t find a chapel, we will have ordained ministers on hand. If they’re squeezed out of a ceremony, we’ll do it -- particularly at 11:11 p.m. in front of everybody else at the Tropicana nightclub. We’ll have a wedding photographer there for them. I’m comping the champagne for the brides who come in their gowns, and at 11:11 p.m., we will have a special toast. I may even officiate a ceremony myself at that tick of the clock, and I’ll give that bride 11 roses.”
Tiffany has booked the Spazmatics to perform as the wedding singers for 1980s music for father-daughter dances if the newlyweds have family with them. She added: “I’ll have tables set for just a couple, or up to 20 if they come in a group. I wanted people coming to party with others who might all wind up in a restaurant without a proper reception.
“There is nothing like 11/11/11. Yes, we’ve had other memorable dates -- 9/10/11 and 10/10/10, but this Friday is the ultimate good luck charm for a long life of happiness.”
She explained why she decided to throw the world’s largest wedding party: “I took this on because of my own personal experience. I came to Vegas for the first time very young -- just with dreams. My first marriage was here in a chapel on the Strip. Afterwards, we had no place to go, so we would up doing our wedding dinner in the old McDonald’s where Drai’s is now in what was the Barbary Coast.
“I thought about that as all the Vegas wedding buzz began about 11/11/11. I didn’t want that to be the same situation for newlyweds coming here this year. So -- pun intended -- I decided to marry the two. Nightlife party and world’s busiest wedding day. Et voila! Our ultimate reception at the Tropicana.”
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